Skin Wellness 

Center for Advanced Dermatology and Laser

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Laser Tattoo Removal, How many sessions exactly?

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 4:15 AM




At Present, Skin Wellness has performed one thousand laser tattoo removal cases and counting.



Everytime we meet a new client who wants a tattoo removed, an essential question always include the ' number of sessions’. A very basic question, but needs several considerations and an intelligent yet easy to understand explanation. Getting inked is so easy but removing it involves a cascade of processes , time and cost play an important factor.


A group of American dermatologists made this descriptive study which can predict the number of sessions needed to remove the ink. Big thanks to them. This made long discussions , guided and easy to comprehend.


The Kirby Desai Scale is a very good presentation of how Q Switched Nd Yag works to remove a tattoo, and how well and how fast it works. Considerations include : the skin type, the anatomy, the intensity of ink, history of scarring, colors of ink and the quality or design of the tattoo.


Actual clinical procedure entails detailed passes of the laser, the right settings and power, the pain threshold of the patient. Pain with anesthesia cream is bearable. Taking pain reliever tablets before the procedure helps. Laser shots are described as having small , warm needles and rubber band snaps on the skin. Bony areas are more sensitive than the muscular parts.


A good immune system plays a major role to make laser tattoo removal more efficient.


Based from actual results of Skin Wellness Clinic, an eyebrow tattoo can be erased in 3 to 5 sessions, a 10 year old amateur tattoo is hard to decipher after 5 sessions , an intricate design with thin shadow tattoo in 5 to 8 sessions, but embossed colored very graphic ones can take 10 sessions or more.


We have encountered tattoos which have had cover up made by tattoo artists and left devastating keloids , this will make the laser tattoo removal more complicated and less effective. Cover ups make the darker ink sink into the deeper layers of the skin. Q Switched NdYag will not leave any scarring, but it cannot reverse the scars made by tattoo cover ups.


Let me share with you the Kirby Desai Scale, the BEST AND ONLY predictor of how many sessions will be needed to totally removal a tattoo using the Q Switched Nd Yag Laser.


Email us a photo of your tattoo with the dimensions in inches, and we will help you get your Kirby Desai Scale and the number of sessions needed.


And think twice before having a tattoo cover up.

"THINK BEFORE YOU INK" ... but we will help you get rid of it anyway.

For inquiries please email us a photo of your tattoo with a ruler beside it and send it to We keep emails and photos private.

We have a newly acquired Q Switched Ndyag that delivers stronger pulses, faster results. 

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Reply Kate Hendrick
4:05 PM on August 5, 2020 
You may have a number of reasons why you no longer want your tattoo. Perhaps it resembles a difficult memory or maybe it has lost color or just doesn't represent who you are anymore. Regardless of the reason, advancements in tattoo removal equipment have helped make it feasible to lighten and maybe even eliminate the unwanted tattoo completely. The cost of tattoo removal will depend on the number of treatments needed and areas being addressed. Each patient case is unique and some patients require more sessions, while others may only need a few.
Reply Jenna
11:21 AM on October 2, 2019 
I have gone through a laser tattoo removal (in Montreal and California) and I would absolutely NOT recommend anyone to do it?

If you go through the usual laser removal methods. Which I do not recommend, not only that it will leave marks on your skin, so in reality, the tattoo will still be kind of visible if you know where to look. It is a very long process. And to be honest, very costly.

I had a hook up from a friend, and I have only paid 4000$ for 12 sessions. Which is a whole lot of money, but if I had to pay the full price, I would spend at least 6500$.

This also depends on where do you live, but in general, it is costly. And it took ages to finish, they have recommended me at max one session per month. So I have ended up getting rid of this tattoo for more than a year and a half, and to be honest, the tattoo was quite small. It was significant as a can of coke. If I had a more massive tattoo, it would take a longer time and more session, which means more $$$$.

Laserless tattoo removal is where it's at.

Unfortunately, at the time of my tattoo removal, I did not know this, I know about this only thanks to my brother, which bought this program last year.

This has a few pros and few cons. It works, and he was able to do it himself. Well, you have to do it yourself or ask someone to do it for you.

It is a long process, but I believe he has spent just a couple bucks on this ebook. It is definitely way cheaper than any tattoo removal cream I have bought.

And how long it will take to remove the tattoo with this method varies from person to person, their age and their skin. My brother got rid of his tattoo with in four months, I believe, and his tattoo was at least twice as big mine was.

I am not sure, if he were supposed to do something to treat it every day, I would have to call him about it, but hey it works and out of all of these options it is the cheapest one and yes you might spend more time on this than on laser removal, but your tattoo will be gone sooner than if you would go with the laser removal option.

To be honest, I do not know that many things about this, but I just did a quick google search and here is a great review of it:

To my knowledge, this is the only 100% natural option out here in 2019 to get rid of your tattoos.

I really hope this helps someone out there.

Good luck!

Reply Jamielle
5:53 PM on August 29, 2018 
how much per session on a tattoo removal
Reply Pearl
4:18 AM on July 10, 2018 
I would like to ask about eyebrow tatoo removal? I got this few days ago I didn?t like How it looks like please email me details. I?m looking forward to hear from you soon thanks!
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Reply Rhon navarrete
10:37 PM on June 10, 2016 
Gud day! How much per session to remove my tattoo on my legs?
Reply Jazel
7:24 PM on December 19, 2015 
How much is tattoo removal?
Reply Lisa
7:30 AM on July 17, 2015 
I dealt with scars from high school and I was always so insecure because of my sister having simple flawless skin. After using the tips from this site
[]I have so much confidence in myself. Thank you so much.
Reply Maria.Prewin D.Liwag
3:19 AM on June 23, 2015 
I would like to know how much is the exact cost of eyebrow tattoo removal.
Thanks.Please Reply
Reply arlene
1:47 PM on May 1, 2015 
i want Harry my tattoo
Reply Sheila Tabanao
8:43 AM on February 16, 2015 
Hi i want to ask for eyebrow tattoo removal how much is the cost?
Reply Joanne condeno
10:03 AM on February 9, 2015 
I want to remove my tattoo on my neck. How much per session
Reply skinwellness
10:27 PM on October 4, 2014 
Hi madz,

rates depend on the size of the tattoo, kindly send us a photo with a ruler beside the tattoo for reference,

thank you.
madz says...
I would like to know how much is per square inch cost of tattoo removal.I can send you the photo thank you
Reply skinwellness
10:26 PM on October 4, 2014 
You may ask specific questions here.

thank you.

damian t. lacasa, jr. says...
i want to know more about laser tatoo removal
Reply skinwellness
10:24 PM on October 4, 2014 
hi Paul,
better if the tattoo removal process takes place after the wound has healed completely.
please get in touch with us thru a private message on our facebook:

we are updated with the current rates in the q switched ndyag tattoo removal industry thru our clients from different clinics transferring to us.

our ndyag procedure is performed by a board certified dermatologist.

thank you.

Paul says...
Please doctor, I really need you help. I had the tattoo yesterday and completely regret it. Please do contact me asap. I do not have much of savings but please while that tattoo is still fresh can you help me put please.
Reply skinwellness
10:20 PM on October 4, 2014 
Hi Jennie,
we need to see the actual tattoo, kindly send a photo of it with a ruler beside the tattoo for reference. thanks.
Reply Jennie Ann Keith Rodriguez
1:21 AM on September 19, 2014 
I would like to inquire on how much and how many sessions would it take for my tattoo to be removed? I had it done just 2 weeks ago and my boss thinks it has to go. :(
Reply Paul
11:44 AM on September 15, 2014 
Please doctor, I really need you help. I had the tattoo yesterday and completely regret it. Please do contact me asap. I do not have much of savings but please while that tattoo is still fresh can you help me put please.
Reply damian t. lacasa, jr.
11:12 PM on September 8, 2014 
i want to know more about laser tatoo removal